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Ocean Atlantic | Solar Eclipse: Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica

20 Days FROM USD 13,800

Overview

Experience one of the most extraordinary astronomically phenomenons in one of the most unique places on Earth. A journey of true uniqueness and and wonder as you experience the total solar eclipse in the waters of Antarctica. Departing from Ushuaia you will sail for the incredible Falkland Islands before encountering some of the most hardy and unique wildlife at South Georgia. Frozen vistas, lively penguins, floating icebergs and the adventure of a lifetime awaits. 

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Trip Code: ACABASE

Travel Style: Expedition Cruise

Location: Antarcitc Peninsula, Falkland Islands and South Georgia

Ship: Ocean Atlantic

Flights: We offer a range of flight options to South America, contact us today to discuss.

WHY CHOOSE THIS CRUISE?

  • You will have the opportunity to be part of a true one-in-a lifetime event, as you bear witness to the total solar eclipse in the realm of ice, Antarctica. 

  • Embrace the true awe of South Georgia, home to fjords, stark beaches and some of the largest penguin breeding colonies in the world. 

  • This itinerary is easily combined with a land based tour of South America, allowing you to tailor a range of unique experiences, city visits or adventure activities onto the one incredible journey.

CRUISE ITINERARY

Arrive and embark in Ushuaia, Argentina - the world’s southernmost town. Explore the quaint city or local countryside. Alternatively, consider a day trip off the beaten path to the raw, natural archipelago of Tierra del Fuego. It's a hiker's paradise with rugged snow-capped mountains, glaciers, flower-filled meadows and boggy quagmires. Afterwards we embark the ship Ocean Atlantic, our home for the coming days.

Arrival and Embarkation in Ushuaia

While we make our way towards the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) there will be plenty of time to get to know the ship as well as participating in the many activities offered on board. Lectures about wildlife and the history of the Falkland Islands will be held, and our experienced expedition team will share stories and lectures that vary based on the locations we visit and their areas of expertise.

At Sea Toward Falkland Islands

During the morning we approach Falkland Islands and in the early afternoon Ocean Atlantic will cast anchor by the sheltered natural harbor of Port Stanley. Stanley is the capital of the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), a remote South Atlantic archipelago. Utilizing our Zodiacs, we will land in town center, and take a leisurely stroll through the streets of Stanley.

On the following day we will make landings – weather permitting – at two of the islands’ many magnificent wildlife spots, where penguins and other sea birds gather.

Falkland Islands, Port Stanley - Day 3 and 4

Days at sea are great for participating in lectures, photo sessions and recaps, reading books in the ship library and watching the ubiquitous storm petrels and albatrosses from top deck. From photography workshops to lectures on the regions we visit by our knowledgeable expedition team and guest lecturers. Additionally, a raffle or auction onboard usually takes place during this time, to raise funds for charitable organizations focused on global issues and local environmental solutions. In this case, for example, South Georgia Heritage Trust, Whale & Dolphin Conservation, and more. Take this opportunity to give back to the world while educating yourself on the subjects that these organizations support in a fun and enjoyable time.

At Sea Toward South Georgia - Day 5 and 6

South Georgia offers stunning wildlife experiences with a wealth of breeding penguins, sea birds, sea lions and seals, all seeking shelter in this oasis amidst the roaring Southern Ocean. Previous whaling history pops up in most of fjords we will explorer – not least in Grytviken the only inhabited settlement on this mountainous island. Grytviken is also the last resting place for Ernest Shackleton, after he died on yet another Antarctica voyage in 1922. We will explore the fjords in the north coast for 2-3 days and take as many shore landings as time and the swelling sea will allow us.

South Georgia and South Atlantic - Day 7 to 11

The eclipse begins early in the morning east of Falkland Islands. From here the moon shadow speeds south at 10,000 km per hour towards the South Orkney Island and Antarctica. Albatros Expeditions has selected the best possible observation position east of South Orkney, where the sun is 11 degrees above the horizon. This wondrous phenomenon will last for almost 2 minutes... but your memory of experiencing it will last a lifetime!

Solar Eclipse, South Orkney Islands

As the white shimmer of Antarctica looms on our horizon, the presence of wildlife multiples by tens of thousands with many species of lively penguins, inquisitive seals, nesting birds and the spray of marine mammals.

At Sea Toward Antarctica

Over the coming days, we will begin the exciting Antarctic experience at the very tip of the Continent. During these days in the Antarctic Sound, named in 1902 after the Swedish vessel Antarctic, the Captain and the Expedition Team will keep a watchful eye on the mighty tabular icebergs, born from the floating Larsen Ice Shelf further south. We aim to have both continental and island landings on the shores of Antarctic Sound and Weddell Sea, always on the lookout for some of the unusually large penguin colonies, which have recently been observed.

Wildlife abounds on the Antarctic Peninsula: leopard, fur and Weddell seals of Cuverville Island; humpback whales of Gerlache Strait; Paradise Bay; the dramatic Lemaire Channel's orcas. Days at sea are great for enjoying the seascapes, relaxing, or participating on the program onboard.

Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands - 14 to 17

Today, we depart Antarctica and spend two days at sea on our way back to the calms of Beagle Channel and Ushuaia, Argentina. En-route, we will cross Drake Passage and cruise past Cape Horn, a legendary maritime landmark and the southern tip of South America.

During our time at sea, a variety of activities will be arranged on board and it provides the perfect opportunity to socialize with fellow travellers.

Re-Crossing The Drake

This morning, we arrive back in Ushuaia for the conclusion of our tour, where you can continue your adventures or begin your return home

Disembarkation in Ushuaia
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Pricing & date

Ocean Atlantic | Solar Eclipse: Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica from USD 13,800
Departing Ending Duration
23 Nov 2021 12 Dec 2021 20

Important Information

  • Cabin accommodation on board vessel 
    All meals on board
    Guiding and lectures by experienced expedition team
    All scheduled landings and zodiac excursions
    Complimentary use of rubber boots for duration of voyage
    Complimentary expedition jacket (yours to keep) 
    Special photo workshop 
    Taxes and port fees
     
    Exclusions 

    International flightsd
    Visa and reciprocity fees (if applicable) 
    Travel Insurance
    Any activities not mentioned as included
    Gratuities for staff and crew

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request, contact us for more details.

  • Please note this itinerary is subject to change depending on weather and ice conditions. 

  • Departure date, seasonality and availability.

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Sustainability

We appreciate that voyages to the Antarctic to have an impact on this pristine environment. In light of this, all our voyages are double carbon offset. In addition, we strive to eliminate as many single use plastics as possible from our supply chain. In choosing this voyage you are also supporting the fantastic work done by the Antarctic Science Foundation (ASF) and their work in understanding and protecting this unique destination. In addition all voyages support the Mawsons Huts Foundation (MHF). The MHF support the legacy of Sir Douglas Mawson, the legendary Antarctic explorer and scientist. As a member of IAATO we follow strict guidelines appointed by the Antarctic Treaty System to go above and beyond in support of minimizing negative impacts on this pristine landscape. We also encourage clients to look to book pre-and post- accommodation with us, where local businesses will be supported. Our clients also receive restaurant recommendations which support locally owned restaurants.

We carefully select all ships we work with and choose smaller sized vessels to create less impact. We use a highly regulated, licensed vessel which is well equipped to operate in the Antarctic’s delicate ecosystem. We view the voyage to the Antarctic as an expedition, not a sightseeing trip. Smaller ships such as ours can navigate narrow waterways and are far less polluting than the larger ships in Antarctic waters. By carrying less passengers, we have far less waste. The waste is carried back to the home port to allow for environmentally conscious waste management and disposal.

For more information on our sustainability policies, including how we are striving towards being a paperless organisation, click HERE

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